[Congressional Record Volume 156, Number 66 (Wednesday, May 5, 2010)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E750]
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                         HON. MICHAEL M. HONDA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  Mr. HONDA. Madam Speaker, this May, I am honored to join my friends 
in the Jewish community in celebration of Jewish American Heritage 
Month, and to recognize the contributions made to our country by Jewish 
  With a culture that places a strong value on education and community, 
Jewish Americans have enriched our society and contributed to the 
economic and cultural vitality of our Nation, especially in 
California's 15th District. My community in Silicon Valley, 
particularly the high tech industry, has benefited greatly from the 
contributions and innovation of Jewish Americans.
  Jewish Americans are leading entrepreneurs in renewable energy 
development and high-tech research in my district, and they are also 
leaders in engaging our youth. For the past 2 years, I have worked with 
Chabad of San Jose to provide funding for their Prevention, Resource, 
Information and Drug Education (PRIDE) Project, which provides at-risk 
youth with the tools necessary to prevent them from getting involved 
with drugs and alcohol. Organizations like Chabad of San Jose, and many 
other non-profits led by Jewish Americans, are working to make our 
district a better, safer, and healthier place.
  Jewish immigrants came to our country, hoping to fulfill their dreams 
by participating in the American promise of socioeconomic mobility, 
democracy, and cultural acceptance. The stories of their successes in 
our country are greatly inspiring.
  I am privileged to represent a civically engaged community of Jewish 
Americans, a community I have always been close to. My district's 
Jewish American community stands as a shining example of what makes 
Silicon Valley a global leader, and it is an honor to have the 
opportunity to celebrate the contributions they have made to our